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Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th129.0 (8th)216.0 (25th)
Defense26th118.6 (20th)268.7 (25th)

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Sun, October 26, 1:00 PM EDT
LP Field
TV: FOX
Houston Texans
at
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Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 17 - 6WAS
Recap
Sun Sep 14
W 30 - 14at OAK
Recap
Sun Sep 21
L 30 - 17at NYG
Recap
Sun Sep 28
W 23 - 17BUF
Recap
Sun Oct 5
L 20 - 17at DAL
Recap
Thu Oct 9
L 33 - 28IND
Recap
Mon Oct 20
L 30 - 23at PIT
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
FOXat TEN
Preview
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
PHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at CLE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
CIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
TEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at JAC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
at IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
JAC

Standings

AFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Indianapolis5-2-03-0-0
Houston3-4-00-1-0
Tennessee2-5-01-1-0
Jacksonville1-6-00-2-0
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Report: Texans' Brian Cushing (knee) out at least one week
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will miss at least one week of action due to a knee injury, Pro Football Talk reports.

The knee has reportedly been bothering Cushing for the last two weeks, and he has had the troublesome knee drained a few times recently. The Texans have just two games left before the bye, so it's possible Cushing is held out through the team's Week 11 bye before returning in Week 12.

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O'Brien: Clowney's chances of playing Week 8 'getting better and better'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said linebacker Jadeveon Clowney moved well in practice Wednesday and his chances of returning to the lineup Week 8 at Tennessee are "getting better and better every day." He has missed the last six games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early September.

Clowney has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in the season opener. Clowney has had some durability issues since being the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was sidelined at times this summer due to hernia surgery and a concussion.

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Texans backing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for now
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is still backing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick following Monday's loss at Pittsburgh that dropped the team to 3-4.

“Fitzy is our quarterback,” O'Brien said Tuesday, per The Houston Chronicle.

However, for the first time since Ryan Mallett joined the team just before the start of the regular season, O'Brien linked both of the quarterbacks leading up to Week 8 at Tennessee.

"We’re going to continue to work with both of these guys in practice, and we’ll see how it improves," O’Brien said. "And hopefully, it will get better and better, and that will help our offense get better."

The Texans have lost three straight games. Still, O'Brien isn't about to pin all the struggles on Fitzpatrick.

"When you look at our tape … you cannot just point to one position and say that’s the position that is at fault," O’Brien said. "There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It’s not one guy."

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When DeAndre Hopkins is targeted, good things happen
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

In Week 7 at Pittsburgh, Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was on equal terms with Andre Johnson for once, tying for the team lead with nine targets. It was the first time he got as many targets as Johnson in a game this season, and just as encouraging, it came only a week after getting a season-low two targets.

Hopkins led the Texans with 108 yards on six catches. Despite the disparity in targets, it wasn't the first time he went for more yards than Johnson, but the third. The first came in his only other nine-target game Week 3 at the Giants, when he had 116 yards on six catches.

Hopkins may not get the targets you'd like for a wide receiver to get in Fantasy, but he's efficient with what he gets, meaning when he gets a decent number of targets, like in Weeks 3 and 7, he's almost assured big numbers. With Johnson still the go-to guy for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, though, Hopkins also has the potential to underwhelm any given week.

He's best used as a No. 3 wide receiver in Fantasy, making him a bye-week replacement in some leagues. But if Johnson ever goes down, as he has done all too often in his career, watch out.

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Texans allow 30 points again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

After allowing 33 points Week 6 against Indianapolis, the Texans allowed 30 Week 7 at Pittsburgh. But while their struggles were to be expected against a Colts offense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL, at least in terms of yardage, the same can't be said for their matchup against the Steelers, who scored 10 points against the Browns in Week 6 and 17 against the Jaguars in Week 5.

Because turnovers kept putting the Steelers in good field position, the Texans allowed 328 yards, only 12 away from their season low. They recorded three sacks, equaling a season high met twice previously, but their only takeaway was a fumble recovery in the first quarter.

The Texans haven't had a favorable schedule of late, but their DST has mostly held its own. Again, the 30 points given up in this one was as much the fault of the offense. With an appealing matchup Week 8 at Tennessee, the Texans DST is an advisable play in Fantasy.

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